The judges have applied the same simple criteria since the launch of Future50 in 2009.
Each year they consider the progress of the entrepreneurs featured the previous year. Have they lived up to their own expectations? Have they matched their plans for growth? Our judging team carries out dozens of site visits - talking to entrepreneurs about their progress. Inevitably, some candidates from the previous year drop out - new faces are brought in. But all are invited to take part in events and participate in the wider Future50 project.
The candidates need to demonstrate:
There are no barriers by age or gender and the judges also consider entries from social enterprises as well as "for profit" ventures.